If you were to make a list of products that you should always have on hand, baking soda would be at the top. It’s versatile and universally available; it will help you throughout your house, from cleaning to personal hygiene, as well as eliminating insects and just making everything easier.
Sodium bicarbonate is a white powder that dissolves instantly in water (especially hot water) and has a salty and somewhat acidic taste. It has thousands of uses, is non-toxic if ingested and does not cause skin reactions, but may cause eye irritation. Want to learn about some of the amazing uses for baking soda? Read the following article to find out!
Most popular uses for baking soda
Set aside all those cleaning products and other items that are harmful to your health and the planet, and start using baking soda around the house and for personal hygiene.
For oral hygiene
Sodium bicarbonate can be used as a homemade toothpaste, an excellent alternative to commercial products. It’s a perfect whitener that freshens breath, reduces tartar and prevents cavities. It can be used with regular toothpaste or directly on the brush. Gargling with a solution of baking soda and water eliminates bad odors and halitosis.
It can also be used to clean dentures, teeth guards, and retainers. Prepare a solution of two tablespoons baking soda in a cup of water and soak the item to be cleaned, it will eliminate bad breath and odors.
Sodium bicarbonate works as a homemade deodorant thanks to its properties that neutralize acids on the skin and eliminate armpit odor. Make a paste with a little water and apply. If you suffer from dandruff, rub a handful of baking soda into the scalp and wash normally. Repeat six times.
Another solution is to add baking soda to your usual shampoo. It will give you smoother hair that tangles less. You can also make a regenerating mask for your skin. Wet your face and apply a thin layer of baking soda. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse with plenty of water. Be careful not to get it into your eyes.
Ecological cleaning for the home
Baking soda unclogs pipes, cleans silver, removes shower curtain mildew (mixed with soap and vinegar), cleans toilets (apply to surface and let sit overnight with a splash of vinegar and wipe clean with a cloth in the morning), can be used as a fabric softener (1/4 cup per load), and removes mildew and soap scum from bathroom tiles (dissolve two tablespoons baking soda in half a liter of water).
It’s great for cleaning cookware, especially pots and pans with burnt food (add two tablespoons baking soda to regular dish soap and let soak overnight, then wash as usual). It also eliminates marks on walls and cleans furniture (sprinkle a little on a sponge or wet cloth), cleans sports equipment (four tablespoons per liter of warm water), removes oil and grease stains from carpet (sprinkle and rub with a wet brush) and freshens mattresses.
In addition to eliminating mouth odors, baking soda eliminates unpleasant odors in the fridge (place an open box inside). It deodorizes pillows (sprinkle a little on, let sit and vacuum or shake off), shoes (sprinkle a little inside), kitchen towels and cloths (let soak in a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and two cups hot water) and dishwashers (add half a cup to each load).
Baking soda also eliminates odors found in trash and recycling bins, refreshes closets (same procedure as in the kitchen); deodorizes vehicles (sprinkle on cloth seats and vacuum after 15 minutes) and litter boxes (cover the bottom with baking soda before adding litter) and pet bedding (same technique as with pillows).
If you have ants eating your roses or invading your kitchen, place a line of baking soda across all your doors and windows. If your dog or cat frequently suffers from fleas, or to repel them, prepare a mixture of baking soda and salt and sprinkle on bedding and in corners or wherever pets frequent; let sit for 24 hours then vacuum.
If you want to rid your home of cockroaches, make a mixture of half part baking soda, half part sugar and leave in spots around the kitchen.
Finally, if your garden or potted plants are being attacked by pests or fungi, dilute a tablespoon of baking soda in a liter of water and use to shower affected plants. The mixture can also be used with a cloth to clean the leaves.